Congratulations to Temple Coffee on being named one of the best roasters in the U.S. by national food website The Daily Meal. It's the latest kudos for Temple -- and for Sacramento's coffee scene, which continues to flourish.
In 2011, Temple was named by CNN as one of the 17 best "small coffee makers." Simultaneous with The Daily Meal, Temple is listed here as one of the six best roasters by Yahoo! Shine.
"It's really exciting for us," said Temple owner Sean Kohmescher. "We sell a lot of coffee all over the United States. It's exciting to be on the list with the other top roasters in the country."
Called "28 Coffee Roasters We Love," The Daily Meal's list includes heavy hitters like Blue Bottle (Oakland) and Intelligentsia (Chicago). That's impressive company for Temple, which blew everyone away in 2010 when one of its coffees, Guatemala Hunapu Antigua Bourbon, scored 97 points by highly regarded Coffee Review -- the highest score of the year.
I was lucky enough to buy a pound of that extraordinary coffee before it quickly sold out soon after the score was posted. Fortunately, that coffee is back in stock and is currently selling for $15.50 for 12 ounces.
Photo: Sean Kohmescher is the owner of Temple Fine Coffee and Tea on 28th Street in Sacramento, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. (Michael Allen Jones)